The Tom Brady-led Madden 18 hits store shelves on August 25 with expansive ambitions. It is not easy for a sports match to stand out nowadays among high quality offerings on an annual basis, something the team at EA Sports knows well dependent on the droves of developments headlining the latest variant of its Madden franchise.
In addition to the usual roster updates, graphical improvements and gameplay refinements, Madden 18 provides an abundance of new features fans of the NFL will enjoy. Said new details have range, too, from how gamers can go through the game overall to updates and beloved modes such as Ultimate Team.
Ahead of August 25 arrives--or a bit sooner on a preorder--let's take a peek at some of the noteworthy new features.
This year the significant exclamation point in this aspect is the new goal passing, a mechanic which gives more realistic control to players themselves.
On a real-game broadcast, signal-callers such as Brady throw to covered receivers, with the top of the best being able to fit the ball into tight windows or throw open their aims.
Madden players can now do so too, since the match's blog composed: "The better players are in utilizing the Target Passing mechanic, the more effective and tactical they will become at picking apart policy. The ability to visualize the placement of the ball exactly where you want provides another level of user control."
It is going to take some time to become accustomed to the new control and the overlay that appears on the screen while passing the ball, but also the time spent means a more realistic experience--and gaudy offensive stats, naturally.
EA Sports understands a global phenomenon such as Madden has communities inside the community.
It sounds complicated, but the development team has found a way to walk the tightrope in a sense that would make an expert circus act blush thanks to the introduction of play styles.
It's a simple title for quite the invention--three fashions titled Arcade, Simulation and Competitive will dictate how the game plays for every single player on an individual basis.
Want to sit back and unwind, posting huge stats along the way? Arcade is the casual-sounding mode to pick. Simulation goes the opposite direction, even weaving in some incredible real-life experiences such as harms and flags based on actual stats and this, per the game's official site: "Expect the unexpected--even highly rated players have a slender chance of failure on occasion."
Aggressive is for the pros or those seeking out this environment, with stats along with the players' performance dictating failure or success on the virtual gridiron.
Long-shot story mode is one of the biggest talking points enclosing Madden 18--and for good reason.
The story features an NFL hopeful by the name of Devin Wade, who afterwards having a three-year hiatus wants to get back to playing soccer. The vibrant cast surrounding him is performed with notable award-winning talent as well as weaves in titles such as Dan Marino.
EA Sports' goal here, naturally, is a Hollywood-esque story putting the story mode up with all the offerings of 2K Sports at the NBA 2K series. Here is what lead writer Adrian Todd Zuniga told Polygon's Samit Sarkar: "Our philosophy [with Long shot] was a playable movie, versus, for example, a career style with cut scenes."
For people who have wanted to watch EA Sports step into such an arena, the above video and that which we know so far hints at big things for this particular mode.
It's not tough to see why, as amassing card packs, earning rewards and assembling the best possible roster prior to taking it online to compete with others is an unbelievable spin on fantasy football. The only thing the mode appeared to be missing was a way to team up with friends.
Madden 18 presents MUT Squads, where three friends can get together and select from roles titled offensive captain, defensive captain and head coach. From there, the trio crafts that the best roster out of their selections, heads online against another trio and slots in their delegated roles.
Fans of the Madden franchise have clamored for a way to team up with friends for a very long time now. It's only fitting Ultimate Team brings this on the forefront of their experience again in an innovative way sure to produce longtime Ultimate Team and new gamers alike pleased to hop in and get to work in their collections.